Spain: Woman faces huge 'gag law' fine for posting photo of police car in disabled space

Spanish police are looking to apply a much-criticized new Public Security Law — known as the "gag law" — to heavily fine a woman who posted on social media a photograph of a police car parked in a disabled parking space, along with critical remarks.

Fermin Bonet, police inspector in the southeastern town of Petrer, says the publication July 27 offended the officers' work and merits a sanction.

The law allows for the woman, who has not been identified, to be fined between 600 euros ($660) and 30,000 euros for use of unauthorized police images.

The regional Interior Ministry office will decide whether to impose a fine or not. No one was available at the office Tuesday for comment.

Rights groups say the law curtails free assembly and expression.